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My (new) electrologist started me with thermolysis for the first two treatments and switched to blend because I was having lots of side effects (huge welts) lasting almost a week’s worth of time. When we switched to blend, the duration of symptoms decreased. My electrologist said I may tolerate blend more than thermo and that’s the reasoning why she switched.

I don’t know voltage or any setting details, but she mentioned with blend she will start out with a low setting and may increase it or something. I do know when she uses blend she keeps the needle inserted for 4-5 seconds after the beeping noise is heard. The chin hairs are tough; she had to zap several times before moving to the next follicle… Today she did something a bit different: she zapped a section of hairs (sometimes rezapping as needed) and then went back to gently pull them out afterwards. I guess she left the hair and lye(?) to sit there for a bit on their own. Maybe that’s suppose to help???

I had 2 treatments of blend so far including today’s; the last treatment only had side effects for 2-3 days instead of 5-6 days with thermo. She originally started with me 10 min thermo with consultation, then the following week we did an hour of thermo, and next week after that we switched to blend for an hour, and then today’s session was blend as well. When she works on me she does a little in each area (though today was different because she did the WHOLE chin ouch). Today’s was about 45 mins for the chin alone because it’s so dense with hair, and just 15 mins for my cheeks which have little regrowth and I honestly don’t have any side effects on my cheek area at all.

I’d like to take back what I said about trying out some different electrologists, .Okay, well not really, because I recommend ANY client try out multiple electrologists before committing to one, but really the purpose of saying so in the first place was related to concern that your electrologist didnt seem to be adjusting her method or modality in response to your concerns and I think I owe your electrologist an apology. Clearly, as she has done exactly that, that appears not to be the case.She changed modalities completely so it’s a chemical doing the burn,rather than thermal heat, to change the reaction the skin was having. Then, one step further she adopted a treat and wait strategy ( treating several hairs and then pulling them all at once) in order to provide time for that chemical reaction to take place from the ( yes you assumed correctly )lye in the follicle, rather than using more current to get a smooth extraction, to further prevent any kind of overtreatment. I have to give some serious kudos to your electrologist it is EXACTLY the process of change and strategy that I would have used! And, most importantly, it cannot and would not have happened without communication between you and her on the issue, so you both get kudo’s.

For the yellow seepage: It’s not ideal but it doesnt necessarily mean overtreatment either. It CAN be indicative of that or, but it is a completely normal reaction to trauma on the skin whether that trauma is over tratment, undertreatment or just right the reaction can still occur if enough work is done in an area.. ..Soap and water multiple times a day in the 48 hours after treatment will help clear out the white blood cells that are pushing their way up and out the follicle, but once a scab has formed, leave it alone and dont pick at it or try to scrape it off.Think hot compress, not scrubbing.

I’m reminded of the first time I tried galvanic electrolysis, and I had admittedly overtreated, and ended up with at least 2-3 times the seepage s what shows in your pictures. It’s two years later and the area healed completely and perfectly within weeks of the treatment( just like some here said it would) , and yours will too.

On Hyperpigmentation : this is almost the same issue as the seepage, the hyperpigmentation COULD mean overtrereatment but but in all likelyhood does not. Again it is a normal part of healing and the fact the skin is healing could mean it was overtreated, but could just as likely not and it’s normal part of healing from damage/ trauma ( we do "damage" the skin to remove the hair even if it’s localized to the follicle, but this is NOT scarring) . The bad news is hyperpigmentation takes longer to go away, anywhere between a few months and about a year and a half but the good news is that it ALWAYS heals completely with no remnants. Hyperpigmentatio, nor seepage, dont represent scarring. They Dont mean the area has been overtreated. They mean the area is healing from trama/damage that was intentional and its completely expected that such manifestations will occur. can occur. WILL OCCUR.

I am the queen of handling electrolysis pain. I did everything above my chin with no anestehetic whatsoever even the upper lip with no issues ((both electrologist and patient at the same time too). But there is one area I am more sensative and less tolerant of the pain, and that is the center of my neck. I completely understand where this seems to build on itself starting off at the pain level from one insertion, then adding from there on the next. The Neck is the ONLY place I have ever felt the need to use a topical anesthetic. It worked fabulously. No it didnt take away 100 % of the discomfort but it does allow me to go 2-3 times as long .The neck is also the only place I have ever had to call a stop to a session, when I was not using anesthetic. 5% lidocaine gel will take a whole lot of the edge off working on this area, there is a name brand ( EMLA) that s available in most countries over the counter.Apply it about 40 minutes before a session.

I will say, that looking at your pictures I dont see nearly as much hair as I expected from your description, and your electrologist is doing a really thorough job. If they clear each area the same way, 3 times, a few months apart, you will be pretty much finished. Fabulous work.

If there is one thing I would like to convey from all this, is dont panic. Dont freak out when you see a pimple or a mark you werent expecting. Do exactly as you have been doing, and keep communicating on skin reactions with your electrologist. It is absolutely the right way to approach it.

Alright,lets do a little invest-i-migation. We have an "unknown" liquid seeping from an electrolysis wound. What’s in the area that could do that? Some blood, some skin, and maybe some bone nearby .Lets let google, be our guide. I wasnt able to find an image of Lymphatic drainage or lymphatic fluid. I did find these two rather interesting looking devices, the first one actually looks a bit like a galvanic electrolysis machine:

Some interesting quackery to be sure, but no yellow liquid seeping from the skin. In fact I could find no image of lymphatic drainage or fluid, a few diagrams, but no photographic evidence of such fluid exiting the body like this. You would think someone somewhere would have snapped a picture if such a thing were occurring?

Do you suppose, that the "white "part of those pimples could be white blood cells filling the follicle, and the little yellowish crust dried plasma? Sure looks that way to me, but yanno, I’m just a "hobbyist". Not a professional, nor expert on wounds. So I urge you to do your own "invest-i-migation"